Happy Good Friday to you all! Hope you have a lovely Easter- plenty of chocolate and indulgence all round!
Below is a summary of my recent trip to Siem Reap- you can use this to build a rough itinerary of your trip!
Siem Reap is home to the famous Angkor Wat temples complex, if you are a temple/history buff you can easily spend a couple of weeks here exploring temples!
For me- I had 2 full days and a few hours on the first evening.. The 2 days were spent at the temples- and I was totally templed out! If you have time, I highly recommend breaking up your temple visits with some time to relax by the pool or enjoy Siem Reap town- it gets really hot and sweaty!
We stayed at the AMAZING Residence Hotel. The service was impeccable! It’s a mid range hotel, and accommodation is pretty cheap in Siem Reap.
We arrived in the evening, after taking a worringly small aircraft from Da Nang airport! That was an experience of its own! We went over to Pub Street and enjoyed walking through the markets and buying a few gifts.. We also had a foot massage at the Pura Vida massage shop!
Pub Street is awesome, families, solo travellers, couples and groups of young friends fill the street.. Eating food from the many street sellers.. The music is pumping and the vibe is very happy and fun! It’s a tourist street but it’s a much more family friendly version of Khao San Road! We went for dinner to the gorgeous Mamma Shop as I still had a very dodgy stomach!
The temples and sites we visited truly deserve their own posts- so for this post im just going to give you a breakdown of what we covered:
Evening we arrived:
1. We enjoyed Pub street and Mamma shop
2. Late start for temples: Bayon temple, Tomb raider temple, Angkor wat,
Sunset at Angkor Wat.
Evening: Great Smile of Angkor Wat show
Early start- Sunrise at Angkor Wat, other temples
We were going to go to the floating village but we saw the bad reviews and decided to turn back.. Instead ending up by the pool.
We then went back to Pub Street and the yummy Mamma Shop.. We had some wine and drinks until the late hours and then headed back to the hotel where we ended up having a late night swim and some more wine!
Morning Day 3
1. We did consider going for a hot air balloon ride, but the balloons don’t go near the temples and we were a bit foggy headed from the night before- so we just relaxed and enjoyed the morning and headed to the airport by 11- this was a free journey courtesy of the hotel.
The airport is very clean and efficient and we got on our freakily small flight back to Ho Chi Minh City.
We spent the afternoon in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and visited the War Remnants Museum, Hum Restaurant and Ben Thanh Market before going back to the airport to catch our Qatar Airways flight toLondon (via Doha)!
I will be back in Cambodia soon I hope- the people of Siem Reap are wonderful!
What is the friendliest city you have visited?